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How do we win a green recovery?
Aug 7 • 40 min
We’re facing two global crises. We have scientific evidence for how to deal with both of them, but governments aren’t acting quickly enough. They both show how we are all more connected than we previously thought. And to tackle them will require massive…
Where does conservatism go next?
Aug 3 • 34 min
For most of the last decade, the Conservative government has said they want to cut government spending to balance the books as they rolled out austerity nationwide. But since the start of lockdown, something seems to have changed. The chancellor keeps…
Can we avoid a tsunami of job losses?
Jul 22 • 35 min
It feels like every day there are new dire predictions of the state of the UK economy and jobs. Last week we discovered that the number of paid employees in Britain has plunged by 650,000 since the start of the pandemic. As the furlough scheme winds down,…
Do police and prisons keep us safe?
Jul 14 • 37 min
At the end of June Keir Starmer said of Black Lives Matter protesters in an interview: “Nobody should be saying anything about defunding the police.” At the same time, the UK government announced four new prisons. Olympic athlete Bianca Williams has said…
The Hostile Environment during coronavirus
Jul 3 • 38 min
The end of June marked the anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush Generation in the UK, and sparked renewed conversations about the Hostile Environment. It’s been reported that UK immigration policies have stopped migrants from getting healthcare…
Gary Younge on the global black liberation uprisings
Jun 17 • 43 min
The death of George Floyd three weeks ago at the hands of Minneapolis police officers sparked a fresh wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the world. In the US, calls to defund the police have won victories and across Europe leaders are taking down…
The future of social care after Coronavirus
May 15 • 34 min
10,000 care home residents have died from Covid-19, more than a third of all Covid-19 deaths. On Wednesday it was reported that the death toll is likely to be double the official figure. The death rate amongst social care staff is double that of the…
How to organise under lockdown
May 8 • 32 min
Between the lack of PPE for key workers, growing numbers forced onto universal credit, and worries about worker safety both now and after lockdown, there’s plenty to be angry about. So has Covid-19 led to a new wave of organising? What does organising…
Coronavirus and the legacy of austerity
May 1 • 25 min
In the last few months we’ve seen the government promise billions in support for people and businesses impacted by coronavirus. Supporters of austerity claim the last decade of cuts is what enabled the government to put money into these schemes now. But…
Childcare under lockdown
Apr 24 • 26 min
The lockdown period has been extended for at least another three weeks. Schools and nurseries remain closed, except to a few children. Many parents are at home trying to balance work with looking after their kids. But some are still being asked to pay for…
Renters, homelessness and coronavirus
Apr 17 • 26 min
During lockdown, the message everywhere is to stay home. But what should you do, when you don’t have a secure place to live? At the end of last month, the government gave councils 48 hours to house all rough sleepers in their areas. There was also a…
Fixing the Social Safety Net
Apr 10 • 26 min
As nationwide lockdown continues and parts of the economy grind to a halt, the chancellor has announced a package of measures to support people struggling with the economic fallout of coronavirus. But is it enough? Or have 10 years of cuts broken our…
The Budget, climate and coronavirus
Mar 17 • 28 min
Last week, the big red briefcase was handed over to new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. But many of Sunak’s Budget promises were overshadowed by new measures to deal with the coronavirus. With the stock market hitting a four-year low, the outbreak is pushing us…
Election 2019
Dec 2, 2019 • 55 min
The election is just around the corner and the outcome will determine the future of the country, and the shape of the economy. So what are the parties planning to do if they win power? How radical are their policies? And what are the differences in their…
How to fix the childcare system
Nov 25, 2019 • 34 min
The childcare system in England is broken. Our nurseries are among the most expensive in the world, but our childcare professionals are some of the lowest paid workers in society. For a long time, government policy on childcare has been badly thought out…
Universal Basic Services
Nov 20, 2019 • 39 min
Our public services are in dire need of investment. The question of how much investment has loomed large over the first weeks of the election campaign. But in the middle of a debate over competing spending plans, isn’t it also time to ask what we want our…
Hostile Environment: how immigrants became scapegoats
Nov 12, 2019 • 71 min
How did the word immigrant become such a loaded term? How did the public conversation about immigration become so toxic? And is there another way forward – an alternative to the hostile environment? This week we’re at SOAS, part of the University of…
Algorithms of Oppression
Nov 6, 2019 • 58 min
We’re away this week recording our exciting live event with Maya Goodfellow for the podcast next week. In the meantime we’re listening back to a live episode we recorded in April. Safiya Umoja Noble is an associate professor at UCLA and author of…
The stories that broke the economy, and the stories that can fix it
Oct 28, 2019 • 40 min
Some common lines you’ll hear about the economy: we all put money in, or take it out. Some people pay their fair share, but others don’t. We can’t overspend – putting public spending on the national credit card would be irresponsible. But not all of those…
How to make the 4-day week happen
Oct 21, 2019 • 32 min
It’s one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. But unlike the phone, the car, computers and indoor plumbing, the weekend is still stuck in the 1930s. As productivity increased, the promise of shorter working hours always seemed just out of…
The rent is too high
Aug 14, 2019 • 31 min
More and more of us are renting for longer – not by choice, but by necessity. In cities especially, more people are renting into their thirties, forties and beyond, sometimes raising children in rented flats with no long-term security. But what if we…
The myth of meritocracy
Aug 6, 2019 • 29 min
It’s the story we’re all told when we’re growing up. Work hard at school so you can get into a good university. Work hard at university so you can get a good job. Get a masters degree – taking on more student debt – if you really want to mark yourself…
The new PM and the future of Conservatism
Jul 26, 2019 • 41 min
This week the UK got a new prime minister, and the Conservative party got a new leader. After nine years in government, will this be a pivotal moment in history, or a last gasp? Apart from a more hard-line stance on Brexit and a few Winston Churchill…
Is wellbeing the new GDP?
Jul 15, 2019 • 31 min
If you’ve been listening to the Weekly Economics Podcast for a while, you’ll know that we think there’s much more to economics than GDP. But it still dominates the way politicians and much of the press talk about the economy. Now though, there are lots of…
Generation Left
Jul 8, 2019 • 38 min
The polls show that while previous generations became more conservative with age, millennials are staying left wing for longer. And age and education now seem to be the big dividing line in our politics, replacing class as the key division. So what’s…
What should the climate movement do next?
Jul 1, 2019 • 29 min
It’s been a busy year for the climate movement since last summer’s scorching heatwave. Extinction Rebellion shut down the streets, the school strikes saw thousands of young people take a stand, and the Green New Deal has shot to the top of the political…
Inclusive Ownership
Jun 23, 2019 • 40 min
Last month, the owner of a chain of British hi-fi shops did something unusual. Julian Richer, the founder of Richer Sounds, gave away control of the company to the employees, and even gave them each a £1,000 cash bonus for every year they’ve worked there.…
Algorithms of Oppression (Live)
May 29, 2019 • 58 min
Algorithms have a huge influence on the way that we see the world. We increasingly understand news through social media — as libraries shut down more of our knowledge is found with the click of a search engine rather than in books or classrooms. But the…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 7 – Changing the Rules
May 20, 2019 • 40 min
It’s been 4 years since Kirsty Styles and James Meadway told the story of neoliberalism, from Hayek to Thatcher to the end of history. But now, the band is back together, alongside NEF chief executive Miatta Fahnbulleh. It’s 2019, the world is on fire,…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 6 - The Alternatives
May 13, 2019 • 13 min
Kirsty Styles and James Meadway talk about the alternatives to neoliberalism. This episode was recorded back in August 2015, which feels like a million years ago. We still think it’s worth listening to, but a lot has changed since then. The good news is,…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 5 - The End of History?
May 6, 2019 • 12 min
James Meadway and Kirsty Styles discuss how neoliberalism lives on today. This episode was recorded back in August 2015 and a lot has changed since then. The good news is James and Kirsty will be back for a brand new episode in a couple of weeks’ time,…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 4 – Acceptable in the 80s
Apr 29, 2019 • 12 min
James Meadway and Kirsty Styles explain how neoliberalism took hold in the UK in the 1980s. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! Music by Chris Zabriskie (www.chriszabriskie.com), sanmi (www.freemusicarchive.org/music/sanmi) and…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 3 – World Domination
Apr 22, 2019 • 12 min
James Meadway and Kirsty Styles explain how neoliberalism came to dominate economies around the globe. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! Music by Chris Zabriskie (www.chriszabriskie.com), sanmi…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 2 – The House That Hayek Built
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Economist James Meadway and journalist Kirsty Styles continue their 6-part miniseries about neoliberalism. In part 2, they tell the story of how the once obscure ideas of theorist Friedrich Hayek moved from the fringe to the mainstream, ushering in the…
A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism: 1 – The Basics
Apr 8, 2019 • 13 min
For the next 6 weeks, we’re doing something a bit different. We’re telling the story of neoliberalism, from the beginning. We call it A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism. We first ran the series back in 2015, but it’s as relevant as ever. It’s presented…
What explains the knife crime epidemic? With Gary Younge
Mar 17, 2019 • 34 min
Knife crime is at a nine-year high. Everyone agrees: something must be done. Some politicians want more police on the streets, or tougher sentences. Others want cuts to mental health services to be reversed. One MP has suggested every knife in Britain…
How to shockproof the economy
Mar 13, 2019 • 32 min
It’s hard to listen to the news at the moment without hearing some kind of warning about economy. Nearly all of those warnings focus on one thing – Brexit. It’s true that lots of people think Brexit is risky – but in the clamour to define what Brexit…
Rewind: Can we bring down house prices without crashing the economy?
Mar 4, 2019 • 36 min
We’re away this week, but in the meantime thought we’d listen back to one of our favourite episodes from last year. If house prices are too high for people to be able to buy houses, how can we bring them down? And can we do it without upsetting homeowners…
What’s the deal with the Green New Deal?
Feb 24, 2019 • 45 min
The Green New Deal has rocketed to the top of the agenda in the US. It’s an ambitious plan, spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to decarbonise the US economy and eliminate economic insecurity at the same time. But in fact the Green New Deal has some…
Public Ownership 2.0
Feb 17, 2019 • 32 min
Public ownership is back on the agenda. Opinion polls show high levels of support for taking all kinds of things back into public hands, from the railways to water to energy, and the Labour party is committed to a vast expansion of public ownership. But…
What would a progressive border policy look like?
Feb 10, 2019 • 29 min
The Windrush scandal outraged the nation last year. But last week the Home Office reinstated deportation flights to Jamaica for criminal offenders who they say are foreign nationals. Meanwhile, parliament passed a new immigration bill last month,…
How the economy is damaging our mental health
Feb 4, 2019 • 28 min
This Thursday is Time To Talk Day, a day meant to encourage people to talk about mental health. But what are the wider social and economic factors that are causing poor mental health in the first place? Is the economy itself damaging our mental health?…
Why economics needs a rethink
Jan 29, 2019 • 31 min
Last week saw a record number of the world’s elite flying their private jets to Davos for the World Economic Forum. Oxfam reported that in the 10 years since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires around the world has nearly doubled. It’s fair…
What’s really making the NHS sick?
Jan 20, 2019 • 24 min
Two years ago, nurses and doctors warned that the annual NHS winter crisis was now ‘the new normal’. In the cold weather, hospitals were overwhelmed by patients that they did not have the space to treat. But we’ve had a milder winter this year. Is the…
Lexit vs Remain and Reform
Jan 14, 2019 • 46 min
Grace Blakeley argues the case for ‘Lexit’ (a left-wing exit from the European Union) while Laurie Macfarlane thinks ‘Remain and Reform’ is our best option. With a vote on the Prime Minister’s deal imminent, what are the options? Paul Mason recently…
Populism (Live) with Jonathan Smucker & Chantal Mouffe
Dec 22, 2018 • 58 min
Can populism be progressive, and what role did it play in the US mid-terms this year? We’ll be back with a brand new series in the new year, but in the meantime we wanted to bring you something a bit different: the best bits from a live event hosted by…
Summer climate breakdown
Aug 12, 2018 • 19 min
We’ve just had a few days of respite from the craziest temperatures, but this summer’s heatwave has felt unusual. Parks turning to dust and reservoirs running out. Record temperatures and sweeping fires. It feels as though, this summer, we’ve had a…
Why the interest rate hike was a bad move
Aug 5, 2018 • 21 min
Last week the Bank of England moved interest rates to their highest level in almost a decade. If you’ve got a mortgage, it might get more expensive. If you’ve got savings, you might get a bit more interest on your money. Does this tell us anything about…
Can populism be progressive?
Jul 29, 2018 • 27 min
Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump; Erdogan in Turkey and the Five Star Movement in Italy; Podemos in Spain and Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. All of them have been described as populists. But what does ‘populism’ actually mean? How can it include people…
The rise of the data oligarchs
Jul 23, 2018 • 24 min
There are troubling signs that the new data-driven economy is inheriting all the same problems as the old one: power imbalances, monopolies and a lack of accountability. How gloomy should we be? Will technology inevitably lead us to a digital dystopia? Or…
Brexit: what next?
Jul 15, 2018 • 32 min
In between the resignations and the reshuffles, what have we learned about about where Brexit will go next? Much of the focus has been on the response to the deal the prime minister reached with her cabinet at Chequers, but what was in the deal itself?…
Is it the end of the road for the high street?
Jul 8, 2018 • 18 min
Is British shopping in crisis? Major names are struggling or closing down, nearly 22,000 jobs are at risk, and the UK now has an estimated 1,800 fewer high street shops than it had a year ago. Are we all just moving online and shopping from our sofas, or…
Can we tax our way to a cleaner planet?
Jul 1, 2018 • 38 min
One of the most fashionable economic ideas of the past decade has been ‘nudge’ theory – the idea that a little prod from government can encourage us to change our behaviour and be better citizens, maybe without even realising it. Meanwhile, good…
Happy birthday NHS?
Jun 24, 2018 • 26 min
Happy birthday, NHS! That was the message from the prime minister last week, as she announced an extra £20bn of funding for the NHS in England by 2023. But is that enough? And where will the money come from? There’s been talk of a ‘Brexit dividend’ – does…
One year on from the Grenfell Tower fire
Jun 17, 2018 • 15 min
The fire at Grenfell Tower a year ago last week was, above all, a tragedy for its residents, their friends, and their families. It’s also come to symbolise a deeper crisis in British society – at least in the eyes of many people. On this week’s podcast,…
Does the Windrush scandal signal the end of Britain’s ‘hostile environment’?
Jun 10, 2018 • 29 min
Papers destroyed by the Home Office. Forced out of work. Denied cancer treatment. Held in detention. Deported. Those are just a few of the terrible stories we’ve heard about the treatment of the Windrush generation over the past few months. We’ve had a…
Universal Basic Income or Universal Basic Services?
Apr 3, 2018 • 28 min
Universal basic income – an idea that almost no one had heard of just a few years ago – is now one of the most fashionable concepts in progressive politics. With automation increasing and wages stagnating, the theory is that giving everyone a set amount…
What if Russia cuts off our gas?
Mar 27, 2018 • 25 min
A nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury has led to a retaliation by the UK government – expelling diplomats and ramping up a war of words. With Putin winning another huge election victory last week, some people are worried…
Can we bring down house prices without crashing the economy?
Mar 18, 2018 • 35 min
It’s one of the biggest contradictions in British politics. Across the country, baby boomers who own a house cheer as the value of their property rises. Meanwhile their millennial children watch on in horror, as owning their own home increasingly falls…
Why are university lecturers on strike?
Mar 11, 2018 • 26 min
Universities up and down the country have been shutting down as lecturers have walked out, arguing that the changes to their pension schemes could leave them thousands of pounds a year worse off in retirement. If you don’t know the difference between your…
‘Middletown, America’ with Gary Younge
Mar 4, 2018 • 37 min
As the Guardian’s US correspondent, Gary Younge documented America’s social and economic challenges, the role of race in the country’s politics, and the deadly consequences of US gun laws. Now the Guardian’s editor-at-large, Gary took an unusual approach…
Is the Bitcoin boom over?
Feb 27, 2018 • 36 min
Technology is transforming the world of money. Or at least that’s what the Bitcoin junkies would have you believe. They say digital currencies have arrived and are about to revolutionise the way we buy things. But recent downturns in their prices have led…
What happened to the stock markets? (And does it matter?)
Feb 20, 2018 • 28 min
There’s been a panic in the stock markets in recent weeks after the Dow Jones plunged more than 1000 points on a single Monday in the first week of February. When the stock market plunges should we all be worried? Or does it only affect those wealthy…
Brexit and the People
Feb 11, 2018 • 45 min
Brexit dominates the news agenda. But with all the talk of the single market, impact assessments and trade deals, it sometimes feels as if this debate is only happening in the comment pages of newspapers, or the corridors of Westminster. What happened to…
Budget Special 2017
Nov 26, 2017 • 29 min
Chancellor Philip Hammond got out his red box out again last week, to let us know how the country’s finances are – or aren’t – holding up, and what the Government’s going to be doing with its money this year. The headlines were mixed, so what should our…
Will Brexit boost Britain’s fishing industry?
Nov 19, 2017 • 21 min
Pro-Brexit campaigners have argued leaving the EU means Britain can “take control” of its fisheries. But what does Brexit really mean for fishing communities, and for the future of our fish stocks? This week, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Fernanda…
How will Brexit affect our lives?
Nov 12, 2017 • 29 min
The single market. The customs union. Making a deal with the EU or leaving on WTO terms. There’s a lot of jargon to contend with when we’re discussing the economics of Brexit. Sometimes it feels like we get so caught up in pretending we know what it all…
From the archive: Are robots already stealing our jobs?
Nov 6, 2017 • 25 min
Politicians and economists have increasingly been talking about the risks of a future where robots make all of our jobs obsolete. But is that future already upon us? And in the meantime, are big companies using technology to create 21st century workhouses…
Can we do better than Uber?
Oct 30, 2017 • 29 min
Last month, Transport for London announced it was withdrawing ride-hailing firm Uber’s license to operate in the capital. Despite complaints over passenger safety and poor treatment of drivers, many Londoners came to Uber’s defence, valuing its…
Is there a political divide between cities and towns? with Lisa Nandy MP
Oct 23, 2017 • 24 min
A characteristic feature of British society in 2017 is division. Leavers are pitched against Remainers, young against old, graduates against non-graduates. But perhaps the starkest way of understanding social division in the UK is to consider the places…
Will England ban fracking too?
Oct 16, 2017 • 27 min
After its recent ban in Scotland, fracking is firmly back on the media and political agendas. But is fracking a necessary economics boost for the country, or an environmental disaster we should avoid at all costs? This week host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith…
Did the party conferences have any answers?
Oct 8, 2017 • 26 min
We’re in the midst of political party conference season and we’ve already had more headlines and drama than most years… But apart from politicos and journalists gossiping about party splits, are the party conferences actually offering any answers to the…
Class
Oct 6, 2017 • 26 min
This week we’re bringing you something a bit different - the first episode of a new podcast miniseries from our friends at the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (or CLASS for short). It’s called CLASS on Class, and made by the same production team…
How do we empower people to take action on climate change?
Sep 13, 2017 • 24 min
As large swathes of the Caribbean have been left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the issue of climate change is once again back on the global news agenda. It’s easy to feel defeated when the environmental crises we face are so immediate and huge. But action…
Will selling off public land make the housing crisis worse?
Aug 7, 2017 • 27 min
The housing crisis is a hot topic at the moment. We often talk about who can buy, sell and rent houses - and how much they cost - but we rarely talk about the land beneath them. Lots of land in the UK is owned by the government and local authorities -…
What should the UK’s industrial strategy look like?
Jul 30, 2017 • 27 min
For years ‘industrial strategy’ wasn’t talked about at all. But the phrase has recently made a comeback. The government thinks there are some ‘long term challenges’ for the economy in this country, and they need to get involved to do something about them.…
Could personal debt cause another recession?
Jul 23, 2017 • 26 min
Personal debt is at record levels with one in six of us at risk of a debt crisis. Credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans are propping up households across the country as wages continue to fall in real terms. And many people are struggling under the…
Who gains from big data?
Jul 16, 2017 • 29 min
Big data. It’s one of those terms that’s far more widely used than it is understood. What is it? And just as importantly – who benefits from it? To get the full picture on big data, we are joined this week by a special guest – Will Davies, Director of the…
Will the ‘Great’ Repeal Bill really mean we ‘take back control’?
Jul 9, 2017 • 28 min
The latest episode of the Weekly Economics Podcast asks whether The Great Repeal Bill will mean we ‘take back control’ of our laws. Stepping in for our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week is producer Huw Jordan, who will be trying to make sense of the…
Can we save the planet despite Trump?
Jul 3, 2017 • 31 min
What more does the environment have to do to become an election issue? Joining our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week are Dave Powell, Subject Lead on Environment at the New Economics Foundation, Fernanda Balata, who leads NEF’s work on coastal economies…
What next for the NHS and social care?
Jun 25, 2017 • 30 min
6 out of 10 of us now think the NHS is one of the biggest issues facing Britain - the highest level of concern for 15 years. This week we’re joined by Allyson Pollock, Director of the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, Sarah Lyall,…
Did economics swing the election? with Stephen Bush
Jun 18, 2017 • 28 min
Elections are supposed to be won and lost on economics. But in the recent general election here in the UK, interrupted by terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and coming a year after the EU referendum, some people have said that the economy had…
Are Robots Already Stealing Our Jobs?
Apr 9, 2017 • 28 min
Politicians and economists have increasingly been talking about the risks of a future where robots make all of our jobs obsolete. But is that future already upon us? And in the meantime, are big companies using technology to create 21st century workhouses…
Power and Devolution
Apr 2, 2017 • 27 min
The triggering of Article 50 has dominated the news this week, and NEF Chief Executive Marc Stears makes a special guest appearance to give his take on what is in store as the process unfolds. Also on the agenda is devolution. Rachel Laurence and Annie…
Solving the Housing Crisis
Mar 26, 2017 • 32 min
Britain is in the grips of a full blown housing crisis. Even if you’re not struggling to meet your mortgage payments or at the mercy of a dodgy landlord, the UK’s debt-fuelled property boom isn’t good news for any of us. But guess what? There’s a…
Article 50
Mar 19, 2017 • 30 min
Breaking: Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday 29 March, kick-starting the formal, two-year process of Britain’s departure from the EU. That’s what we’re talking about this week. How will the negotiations play out? Can we expect big ructions in…
Budget 2017
Mar 12, 2017 • 33 min
Last week was the Spring Budget, and as ever, we had experts from NEF on hand to cast a critical eye over the Chancellor’s announcements. Is the UK’s economic forecast as sunny as Philip Hammond would have us believe? On top of our usual features and…
Trumponomics
Mar 6, 2017 • 28 min
We’re back and kicking off our new series with President Trump - the end of economics as we know it, or Republican business as usual? Our new presenter, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, is joined by New Economics Foundation regulars Alice Martin, Laurie Macfarlane…
Podcast Update
Feb 2, 2017 • 1 min
A message from Huw and James at the Weekly Economics Podcast - we need your help! Over the last two years the podcast has gone from strength to strength, and we want to come back bigger and better than ever in 2017. Help us do that by filling out a short,…
A Very Northern Christmas Special… and Kirsty’s last show!
Dec 25, 2016 • 30 min
The final episode of the year and Kirsty’s last show as she moves on to a new job in Manchester! Programme editor Huw Jordan chats to Kirsty about the highlights and lowlights during her two years hosting the Weekly Economics Podcast, with a little help…
Really Take Control: The Future of Migration
Dec 18, 2016 • 21 min
How do we combat hate and racism in British society and really take control of the agenda around migration in 2017? Marc Stears, Chief Executive at the New Economics Foundation, is joined by Nazek Ramadan of Migrant Voice and John Page from Hope Not Hate.…
Really Take Control: Coastal Communities
Dec 11, 2016 • 22 min
Britain’s coastal communities registered some of the strongest votes for Brexit back in June. How can we really give them control of their lives, economies and natural resources? This week Kirsty is joined by NEF’s Fernanda Balata, Blue New Deal project…
Really Take Control: Housing
Dec 4, 2016 • 20 min
Have we lost control of housing in the UK and how do we really take control of the places we live? With Seb Klier and Alice Martin. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their…
Really Take Control: Work
Nov 27, 2016 • 16 min
How can we really take control of work and our working lives? With Elly Baker and Duncan McCann. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics Foundation on…
Really Take Control: Environment
Nov 20, 2016 • 22 min
How can we really take control of our environment in a post-Brexit world? With Ruth Davis and David Powell. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics…
Really Take Control
Nov 13, 2016 • 15 min
‘Take back control’ has been the slogan of the year. But what does it mean? Who’s got control now? And how can we create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives? Christine Berry, Principal Director for Policy and Government at…
Preview: Really Take Control
Nov 7, 2016 • 1 min
‘Take back control’ has been the slogan of the year. But what does it mean? Who’s got control now? And how can we create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives? Tune in next Monday for the start of this special six-part series.
Marc Stears: Economics And The Crisis Of Democracy
Sep 25, 2016 • 12 min
People all over the UK have lost belief in our democracy as a way of solving their problems. But why have so many people lost faith? And how do we go about rebuilding it? Marc Stears, Chief Executive of NEF, joins Kirsty for our last episode of the…
Is Farming Destroying Nature?
Sep 18, 2016 • 16 min
The latest State of Nature report, released last week, revealed UK species are becoming increasingly endangered. But what’s to blame? NEF’s David Powell joins Kirsty to explain. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Faiza Shaheen: Is Sports Direct Changing Its Ways?
Sep 11, 2016 • 15 min
With Sports Direct last week announcing plans to ban notorious zero-hour contracts and improve workers’ representation, is big business about to change its ways? Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of think tank Class, joins Kirsty this week. NEF on Twitter:…
Apple, Tax and the G20
Sep 4, 2016 • 16 min
Last week Apple was ordered to pay up to £11bn in fines over a sweetheart tax deal with Ireland. But did they actually break the law? Who was at fault? And why should it matter to the rest of us? Natasha Adams, Tax Campaign Manager at ActionAid, joins…
Should We Start Counting The Work We Do For Free?
Aug 29, 2016 • 13 min
The latest GDP figures were out last week, but how would they be different if we starting measuring unpaid work? Polly Trenow joins Kirsty to discuss. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod…
Deliveroo Drivers Strike
Aug 21, 2016 • 15 min
What does the Deliveroo drivers’ strike mean for the future of the sharing economy - and the future of work? Alice Martin, economy and finance researcher at NEF, is interviewed by guest host Ellie Mae O’Hagan. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly…
Hinkley Point C
Aug 14, 2016 • 16 min
Is it all over for the UK’s first new nuclear power station in two decades? This week’s special guest is NEF’s David Powell. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter:…
Can The Bank Of England Prevent Another Recession?
Aug 7, 2016 • 14 min
The Bank of England have cut interest rates and announced more quantitative easing to avoid a post-Brexit economic slowdown. Will it be enough? Kirsty is joined this week by Fran Boait, Director of Positive Money. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef…
The End Of Free Movement?
Jul 31, 2016 • 17 min
Does Brexit really mean the end of free movement of people between the UK and the rest of the EU? And what are the possible consequences for the UK economy? NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
What Is The New Government’s Economic Plan?
Jul 24, 2016 • 17 min
New Prime Minister, new cabinet, new economic strategy? Laurie Macfarlane, Economist at the New Economics Foundation, joins Kirsty to predict what Theresa May and Philip Hammond have planned for the UK economy. Recorded on Thursday 21 July, 2016. NEF on…
Brexit
Jun 26, 2016 • 18 min
Recorded on the Monday after the Brexit vote, NEF economist Olivier Vardakoulias joins Kirsty to talk about what happens next. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Recorded on Monday 27 June, 2016. NEF on Twitter:…
EU Referendum Debate, with Caroline Lucas MP and John Hilary
Jun 19, 2016 • 37 min
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and John Hilary, Executive Director of War On Want, join Kirsty for our first debate, on the EU Referendum, taking place this Thursday 23rd June. Recorded on Monday 13 June, 2016. Transcript available at:…
Inventing The Future: Universal Basic Income and Automation
Jun 12, 2016 • 30 min
Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of Inventing the Future, join Kirsty to discuss the possibility of a future without work. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on…
Fully Automated Luxury Communism
Jun 5, 2016 • 19 min
Novara Media’s Aaron Bastani joins Kirsty to discuss his ideas about technology, the future of work and Fully Automated Luxury Communism. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles…
What Next For Tata Steel?
May 30, 2016 • 15 min
NEF economist Olivier Vardakoulias chats to Alice Martin about the government’s options for the UK steel industry. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Olivier Vardakoulias on Twitter: www.twitter.com/o_vardakoulias Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
TTIP
May 22, 2016 • 14 min
Sakina Sheikh, from Students Against TTIP, joins Kirsty to shed light on the secretive new trade deal. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Sakina Sheikh on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sakinazs Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kirstystyles1 Programme…
Anti-Corruption Summit
May 15, 2016 • 15 min
Kirsty chats to the Fair Tax Mark’s Emily Kenway about last week’s anti-corruption summit and tackling tax avoidance, following the Panama Papers leak. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on…
Elections 2016
May 8, 2016 • 15 min
Kirsty chats to Laurie MacFarlane, Economist at NEF, about the economic consequences of last week’s elections across the UK. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Special: Ecuador
May 2, 2016 • 44 min
We’re back with a special report from Ecuador - the little country that’s doing things differently. It’s the first of our Weekly Economics Podcast Stories, taking a deeper look at an idea that’s caught our eye. Please see the following links for ways you…
From The Archive: Feminist Economics
Apr 18, 2016 • 10 min
We revisit an old episode with special guest Polly Trenow from the Women’s Budget Group, who chats to Kirsty about feminist economics. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Polly Trenow on Twitter: twitter.com/polly_trenow…
Preview: Ecuador
Mar 27, 2016 • 1 min
We’re taking a break for the next three weeks to recharge our batteries and work on something a little bit special. It’s the first of our Weekly Economics Podcast Stories - taking a deeper look at an idea that’s caught our eye. Tune in on 18th April for a…
Budget 2016
Mar 20, 2016 • 13 min
Kirsty chats to Josh Ryan-Collins, Associate Director of Economy & Finance at NEF, about George Osborne’s latest Budget. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Energy Democracy: Switched On London
Mar 13, 2016 • 13 min
What’s wrong with the UK’s current energy system? How could we make it more democratic? Mika Minio-Paluello from Platform talks about the Switched on London campaign. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on…
The End of Growth?
Mar 6, 2016 • 15 min
Can our economies keep growing? If not, what next? This week Kirsty speaks with Olivier Vardakoulias, economist at NEF. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Banks: Back To Business As Usual?
Feb 28, 2016 • 14 min
Last week was results week for the UK’s big banks. Has anything changed since we bailed them out? Christine Berry, Senior Researcher at NEF, joins Kirsty to discuss. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly…
Richard Murphy: Tax and Google
Feb 21, 2016 • 15 min
This week Kirsty is joined by tax expert Richard Murphy to discuss the UK’s tax system and how companies like Google are able to avoid paying into it. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter:…
Lord Adair Turner: Between Debt and the Devil
Feb 14, 2016 • 14 min
This week Kirsty is joined by Lord Adair Turner, former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, to talk about the UK’s low interest rates and problems with household debt. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty…
Junior Doctors’ Strike
Feb 7, 2016 • 14 min
This week Kirsty is joined by junior doctor Ben Bouquet to talk about the strikes planned for this week, and the challenges faced by the NHS. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter:…
Does GDP Tell The Full Story?
Jan 31, 2016 • 14 min
GDP grew by 0.5% in the last quarter of 2015 - but what does that mean, and is it even the right thing to measure? Kirsty chats to Juliet Michaelson, associate director of the wellbeing team at the New Economics Foundation. Weekly Economics Podcast on…
Faiza Shaheen: Inequality
Jan 24, 2016 • 15 min
The world’s richest 62 people now own as much wealth as the poorest 50%, according to a new report released by Oxfam. But what are we measuring when we talk about wealth and inequality? Why does it matter? And what can we do about it? Kirsty chats to Dr…
Will There Be Another Economic Crash In 2016?
Jan 17, 2016 • 15 min
Back for a new series, Kirsty Styles asks economist Olivier Vardakoulias from the New Economics Foundation whether the rumours of another economic crash in 2016 are true. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Olivier…
Christmas Special: Review of 2015
Dec 6, 2015 • 21 min
In the final episode of the year, the tables are turned as Jessie Barnard interviews Kirsty about the economic highlights and lowlights of 2015. A surprise guest makes a special appearance. Featuring contributions from James Meadway, Christine Berry,…
Spending Review
Nov 29, 2015 • 13 min
To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. Chancellor George Osborne set out his long term economic plan for the third time this year in last…
Flying
Nov 22, 2015 • 14 min
To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. This week, Leo Murray from the campaign ‘A Free Ride’ joins Kirsty Styles to talk about airport…
Special Guests: Sustainababble
Nov 15, 2015 • 25 min
In a special double-length episode, guests Dave Powell and Oli Hayes from comedy podcast Sustainababble join Kirsty to talk about the government’s environmental policy — both nationally and internationally — and how it’s intrinsically linked with…
Bank Of England
Nov 8, 2015 • 15 min
To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. This week, Josh Ryan-Collins from NEF’s Economy & Finance team joins Kirsty Styles to explain the Bank…
People’s QE
Nov 1, 2015 • 10 min
This week Kirsty’s joined by Fran Boait, Director of Positive Money, to talk about people’s quantitative easing. Why is it different to other QE? Isn’t it just printing money? Would it help or hinder our economy? Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
China
Oct 25, 2015 • 13 min
To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. In this week’s episode, regular contributor and chief economist at the New Economics Foundation, James…
Government Debt
Oct 18, 2015 • 13 min
Kirsty chats to special guest Ewa Karwowski, lecturer in economics at Kingston University, about government debt, and the Charter for Budget Responsibility, approved by MPs in parliament last week. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Steve Keen: Part 2 - Stopping The Next Crash
Oct 11, 2015 • 10 min
In the second of a two-part interview Kirsty chats to special guest Professor Steve Keen, Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, about the likelihood of another economic crash and how we can stop that from happening. Weekly…
Steve Keen: Part 1 - Predicting The Crash
Oct 4, 2015 • 10 min
Back from our break, in the first of a two-part interview Kirsty chats to super special guest Professor Steve Keen, Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, about how he predicted the 2008 economic crash and whether we’re on the…
Trade Unions
Sep 13, 2015 • 9 min
Kirsty chats to special guest Alice Martin, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, about trade unions. Kirsty and James are back on 5th October with more special guests. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #6: The Alternatives
Sep 6, 2015 • 12 min
In the final episode of a special six-part series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about alternatives to neoliberalism. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Bank Holiday Special: Shorter Working Week
Aug 30, 2015 • 10 min
Kirsty and James are away for the bank holiday, but the show must go on. Guest host Polly Trenow is joined by Sarah Lyall, NEF social policy researcher, to talk about how shorter, more flexible hours of work could be transformative for our economy and…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #5: The End of History?
Aug 23, 2015 • 12 min
In the penultimate episode of a special six-part series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about how neoliberalism lives on today. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #4: Acceptable in the 80s
Aug 16, 2015 • 12 min
In the fourth of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation about how neoliberalism took hold in the UK in the 1980s. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Power Failure
Aug 9, 2015 • 11 min
What’s at fault with our energy system? Kirsty Styles is joined by Stephen Devlin, Natural Resource Economist at the New Economics Foundation to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Music credits this week are…
Resilience and the Crash
Aug 2, 2015 • 12 min
Financial system resilience - what is it, and why does it matter? Should we be worried about another crash? Kirsty Styles chats to Josh Ryan-Collins, Associate Director of Economy & Finance at NEF, to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Great Housing Crisis
Jul 26, 2015 • 13 min
Kirsty Styles is joined by economist Mary Robertson to chat about the origins of the accelerating UK housing crisis and how we can tackle it. Kirsty also discovers why building societies are called “building societies” and makes some ornithological…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #3: World Domination
Jul 19, 2015 • 13 min
In the third of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about our economic system, the difference between capitalism and neoliberalism and how neoliberalism…
Summer Budget
Jul 12, 2015 • 12 min
Who are the winners and losers from George Osborne’s latest Budget? Ross Haig talks to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Produced by James…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #2: House that Hayek Built
Jul 5, 2015 • 12 min
In the second of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation about how the once obscure ideas of theorist Friedrich Hayek moved from the fringe to the…
Greek Myth
Jun 28, 2015 • 13 min
As the Greece crisis deepens, Kirsty Styles chats to economist Olivier Vardakoulias about how we got here and what happens next. We revisit Greece this week following our 2 March 2015 episode, ‘Does Greece need a plan B?’. You can catch up or listen again…
Rethinking Economics
Jun 22, 2015 • 12 min
Kirsty chats to special guest Yuan Yang, co-founder of Rethinking Economics, an international network of students campaigning for better economics education. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Yuan Yang on Twitter:…
Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism #1: The Basics
Jun 15, 2015 • 13 min
In the first of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about our economic system, the difference between capitalism and neoliberalism and how neoliberalism…
RBS Fire Sale
Jun 8, 2015 • 12 min
Kirsty chats to special guest Christine Berry, a researcher in the economy and finance team at the New Economics Foundation, about the chancellor’s plans to sell the taxpayer’s stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
The Queen’s Speech and Tax
May 31, 2015 • 9 min
Kirsty and James delve into the Queen’s Speech to take a look at the government’s plans on tax. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod James Meadway on Twitter: www.twitter.com/meadwaj Kirsty Styles on Twitter:…
Deflation and, er… Eurovision
May 25, 2015 • 11 min
Following the first fall into deflation in the UK since the 1960s, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about good inflation, bad inflation, negative inflation and deflation, and what it all means. Also,…
Northern Powerhouse
May 17, 2015 • 11 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the building of the ‘Northern powerhouse’. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod James Meadway on Twitter: www.twitter.com/meadwaj…
The Next Five Years
May 10, 2015 • 12 min
Guest host Huw Jordan chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the results of last week’s general election and the implications for economic policy over the next five years. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Dealmakers and Dealbreakers
May 4, 2015 • 11 min
With the election looming, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the deals each of the political parties might conceivably do on economic policy. (Recorded Friday 1st May) Weekly Economics Podcast on…
Carbon Bubble
Apr 26, 2015 • 11 min
Special guest Stephen Devlin, an environmental economist at the New Economics Foundation, joins Kirsty to chat about the carbon bubble and the growing momentum behind the divestment movement. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter:…
Manifestos
Apr 19, 2015 • 8 min
Last week the political parties launched their manifestos ahead of the election. Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the differences between the parties’ economic policies. Weekly Economics Podcast…
Feminist Economics
Apr 12, 2015 • 9 min
Special Guest Polly Trenow from the Women’s Budget Group chats to Kirsty about feminist economics and the gender impact of measures announced in the 2015 Budget. Behind-the-scenes podcast team selfie:…
Europe Jargon Buster Spectacular
Mar 29, 2015 • 9 min
Europe, the EU, the ECB, quantitative easing… this week we take on subjects that are usually seen as complicated, boring or even frightening. Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, to break down the jargon.…
What Should Have Been In The Budget
Mar 22, 2015 • 12 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about last week’s Budget and what should have been in it. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter:…
What Will (And Won’t) Be In The Budget?
Mar 15, 2015 • 12 min
In a special pre-budget episode, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about what will (and won’t) be in the budget. Plus, we imagine what Chancellor Meadway would do differently. Jargon of the week: trade…
Have Living Standards Bounced Back?
Mar 8, 2015 • 10 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on living standards. — Jargon of the week: Debt and deficit Listener question of the week: Robin Hood tax — Links…
Does Greece Need a Plan B?
Mar 1, 2015 • 14 min
A month on from the Greek election, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Syriza-led government’s deal with the Eurogroup and whether it needs a Plan B. Jargon of the week: Troika Links and…
Inflation
Feb 22, 2015 • 10 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Bank of England’s inflation report and what it means for the UK economy and real wages in 2015. Jargon of the week: Inflation and deflation Listener…
Global Debt
Feb 15, 2015 • 11 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the rising level of global debt and whether that might spark another economic crash. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod…
Pilot: Has The UK Economy Recovered?
Feb 5, 2015 • 8 min
Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the reality behind the falls in inflation and unemployment and rises in real wages and growth. Music: Featuring Going Forward Looking Back by Podington…